Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner ebook

Posted by Alei at 7/29/2010 5 comments

For a fan-base such as Twilight’s, one with an almost maniacal fervor for all things vampy, there is only one dish that truly satisfies – it is called 'more'. The thirst to know all of the minute details that these characters have to show, and hide is a pulsating vein to which many a merchandiser already has his siphon firmly attached.

But there is nothing comparable or indeed more satisfying than a fresh offering served up by the creator herself. The series originally consisted of just four novels: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and the two tonne finale, Breaking Dawn. But now a new side addition has creap onto the hallowed mossy pathways that criss-cross Bella and Edwards center stage.

Friday, July 23, 2010

How to Read Ebooks using PSP?

Posted by Alei at 7/23/2010 1 comments
I went to the bookstore the other day to look for something to read again. Out of boredom, I read the Twilight Series and the last two books of Harry Potter, twice. Its even more redundant if I did it the third time. Stephenie Meyer's "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" caught my attention. I held it and after seeing the price, I put it back at the shelf. Its $9, hardbound and yet, less than 200 pages. There's no way I'll buy it. I find it pricey. As I got home, without nothing to read, I found a solution, I downloaded e-books. I can't just sit infront of my computer all day. Good thing my cellphone has adobe reader and I saved it there. But, to my dismay, the letters were small to read. I blamed it to my phone's small screen and wished I had bigger. (I haven't let my XDA repaired yet). I thought of another idea, its brighter this haha. How about reading ebooks through PSP? Its feasible though.

I looked for a software and stumbled at a blog. I reposted his instructions here and edited some.

He listed 4 different ways:

1. Save the ebook as html file. Copy the content of the pdf format manually and paste it in MS Word. Click 'Save as', drop down option in the FILE TYPE box,choose html,not the htm file,ok? Name it in a way that it will be easily typed and remembered since you'll have to type it in your psp like, x.Html. Send to the root memory of your PSP (connect first the PSP to your desktop with usb cable then enable usb mode). Your drive name can be f: or g:. Unable usb mode in your PSP after transfer. Go to the 'Internet Browser' of your psp. Click 'no' if asked to connect to the internet. Press triangle and go to 'Tools' (the toolbox icon). Set cache setting to 'Do not use' and ok. Go to address bar and enter 'file:/x.Html'. 'file:/' input shortcut is under 'http://' button while 'html' is entered by pressing the GHI4. Enter. Your file will load now. The problem with this is that when you have long ebook, error will occur due to less virtual memory. And you cannot bookmark them, it starts from the top everytime you open it. It's tiring to browse long pages.

2. You can upload the pdf file in your e-mail address and open it using a PSP with internet connection. There won't be problem with the low memory. But of course, it needs active internet connection. You can't read your e-book while riding a bus.

3. You can use the PSP Ebook Creator. It's free! DOWNLOAD PSP EBOOK CREATOR. Install it in your desktop. Open the pdf file, ctrl+a, copy, paste in notepad, and save it as txt file. Or you can direct the conversion in adobe or foxit under FILE Menu. Plug PSP to desktop and enable usb mode. Run ebook creator. Go to FILE>load ebook and look for the saved txt file of your ebook. Ok. For the output folder, go to FILE>OUTPUT>PSP>PICTURE. With this application, you can instantly preview your ebook in the PSP image found at the center as you personalize the view (portrait or landscape), fonts and font color, background color and headers. I suggest you use dirty white background with black Georgia font in 12 pt. Enter the title of your ebook in the box beside BUILD EBOOK button then hit the build button. It takes time to convert the txt file to jpeg. Also, it eats about 20-30 MB of memory. When done, unable usb mode. Go to PICTURES in your PSP XMB and you'll find a new folder with the ebook title u have entered. Read it in jpeg format. Just press L or R in your PSP to turn pages. Sometimes an ebook takes up 1000+ images and psp only views 1000 of it. So to continue reading the remaining pages, erase the previous images.

4. Use Bookr, a free application that let's you read txt file and pdf formats (no conversion needed). Download BOOKR.

*Note:this installer works only with PSP CFW version (those with M33 like 3.71 M33). If you have the ofw one (no M33) then only the above 3 applies to you. To know your PSP's Firmware Versio, click here.

If you got confused on where is the download option in that page, you have to click the icon/picture below the warning that this file might harm your computer (but it won't). To install, plug your psp to pc and enable usb mode. Remember the drive path of your psp (f: or g:), you will need it in the installation. Run the bookr installer and type your psp drive and your done. Send your ebook files to PSP>GAMES>BOOKR>BOOKS. Disconnect psp from desktop and run bookr in GAMES. Read the help there. It will teach you how to use bookr. Sometimes you have to save your ebook with bigger font. Use comic sans 13pt. Zoom in or out the views to make the pages fit the screen. You can bookmark pages with this application. It takes less memory storage along with your saved ebooks.

Without even trying the first three, I used the 4th one. Glad it worked for me. My ebooks come handy now. I can read wherever I want. =) Happy reading!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

How To Find out which Firmware Version your PSP has

Posted by Alei at 7/22/2010 0 comments
I happened to need to know my PSP Firmware version. I thought of reading ebooks through my PSP and the software just works with a certain version. Just follow these easy steps to know your own.

1. Turn on the PSP. Push the "HOME" button so you can get to the top level navigation where you can move between functional areas.

2. Go to the "Settings" menu (it's the one farthest to the left).
3. Scroll down to the "System Settings" icon and press X.
4. Scroll down to "System Information" and press X. The screen will display the PSP's MAC address, system software version, and nickname. The "System Software Version" is the firmware version. Here is my PSP's system information.

Friday, July 9, 2010

My to-do list

Posted by Alei at 7/09/2010 0 comments
No drops, no comments, less traffic and once-in-a-blue-moon posts are some of the indicators my blog seem to be a barren land for quite some time now. Blogging has to take a backseat while I work on these stuffs on my (terrible) to-do list. This is still in connection with my father's account.

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I have already acquired those items with check and yet more requirements left to fulfill. The items with asterisk still need sub requirements that makes my task ever so grueling. I'll do whatever it takes just to complete them early this month. I want to have a job already before I turn 23 by August. (I lose track of how many times have I mentioned about it here hehe) How I wish fate will conspire with me this time.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cupcake Dome Packaging for Sale

Posted by Alei at 7/08/2010 4 comments
  • 12 pesos each cupcake dome

  • minimum of 30 pieces per order
  • orders should be by increments of 10 ( 30, 40, 50 etc.)

  • Contact us at +639161820725, look for Summer.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

I hate my bank

Posted by Alei at 7/03/2010 3 comments
This is the first time I am being through a dilemma withmy bank. Before, I have all the reasons to love banks, but now, I have all the reasons to feel the other way around. I thought they find ways. Here is my tale.

I know almost all of us have experienced a fair share of how life is getting tougher especially when relating to money. Cutting back and saving money are what needs to be done. So here it goes, when my father died, he left an amount of money on his savings account. We tried to withdraw it explaining that he died just so it could be used to pay for his hospitalization expenses. They said we can have the money provided that we can present his death certificate and a receipt of the funeral services. The problem is, the hospital won’t it give it out unless we pay our bills. We went back to the bank relaying what the hospital told us.

Irritating right? Just the fact that the gravity of my father’s demise weighing me down left me felt like the whole world turned its back on me. Then, how can they make it any worse?
Helpless and enraged we were, we found another way to deal with the expenses. All we cared about that moment was to settle all that what’s need to be and spend our limited time with our father.

After a month or so, I ask my brother to follow up for our father’s account. With the death certificate and the receipt of funeral services, he went. To his dismay, he was given another set of requirements. It was in two parts. The first part was to be accomplished when the money left on the account is less than $1,087. The second part, which was my nightmare, was to be completed when the money is more than $1,739. My father’s account needed both the two parts to be released.

You see, it was about three months now from the time I started accomplishing the requirements. I was done with the first. It includes a letter of claim, death certificate, affidavit of extra judicial settlement and birth certificates. It was easier than the second. Well, easier is an understatement. Fulfilling the second part is a whole lot of stress. I invested money, time, and patience to get through. I am having problem with the first and the latter. A lot of things have to be done. Pay the taxes, find a way how to retrieve our land certificate, get hold of an affidavit of publication, obtain certificate from the BIR, have the extra judicial settlement registered at the registry of deeds etc.. Only heaven knows how and when all these will be heading. And who knows, I might have spent more than what we can get out off the expenses to have those papers.

How ironic, when we deposit money at the bank, no matter how much, they only ask for valid IDs and that’s it. On the other hand, when withdrawing, they demand relentless requirements. Funny thing though, you save your money at the bank expecting to have an interest even just a single cent. Only to find out, it requires more money for it to be released.

I know our situation is different having our after as the sole account holder. They say it could have been different if it was a joint account. However, is it fair? What if, the money in the account was the only resource we had? As if we have to beg to have our own money. Or would we borrow money from someone without knowing when to give back and if it would be the same amount?

The whole situation is getting on my nerves already. I am more patient than what I give myself credit for. If it not had been for the need of it, I would just drop it. Maybe I am too young to understand the logic behind it. I have my point, they have theirs. It’s just that when money is concerned, everybody seem to be cautious isn't?

This is so me Copyright 2010Think Pink Credits to Gisele Jaquenod Modified by Alei